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Delta and Virgin Atlantic Announce Route Updates

As of May 31, 2016, Delta announced that they, along with Virgin Atlantic, would update and enhance service between the US and the UK for their 2017 summer schedules in order to provide more travel options for passengers. The changes are set to be made effective between March and May of 2017. On March 26, 2017, Delta will add an extra flight between Detroit and London Heathrow, and Virgin Atlantic's service will be discontinued. Also on that day, Virgin Atlantic…

TRIP REPORT: Alaska and American to Miami

In February, I went to visit Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida during my spring break. Being from Washington State I had never had the opportunity to visit Florida so I was able to turn a quick college visit into a family vacation that included a stop in Miami. The flights were booked with…

United Updates Route Network for Summer Travel Season

United has kicked off the summer travel season by updating and expanding its existing route network. Today, United launched three new seasonal flights to Europe from its hubs in New York/Newark and Washington-Dulles. In addition, the airline also announced it would be ending its Houston to Lagos route and upgrading…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Atlant-Soyuz Airlines

With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the Russian aviation corporations had seen the end of the communist rule as a way to start new airlines to compete against the government backed Aeroflot. Utilizing old Soviet airframes, Atlant-Soyuz Airlines was born. The airline started in 1993 focusing on…

E190-E2 Aircraft Completes First Flight

As of May 23, 2016, Embraer's latest aircraft, the E190-E2, successfully completed its first flight ahead of schedule. The new airplane rolled out from the factory about three months ago, and the flight is the beginning of the E190-E2's certification campaign. “A first flight is always an emotional occasion, no…

Norwegian Air vs. The U.S. Airline Industry

Over the past several years, Norwegian Air has begun rapidly expanding its long-haul operations, much to the disdain of the large airlines in the United States. The airline was offering rock-bottom fares to not just Oslo, but to other enormous markets in Europe such as London and Paris, with only…

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in IAG

After seeing success in its initial investment, Qatar Airways has raised its stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) to a total of 15.01%. Current restrictions in the European Union allow foreign investors to hold up to 49% of a European carrier, giving Qatar plenty of opportunities to grow its…

EgyptAir Flight 804 Loses Radar Contact

Early Thursday morning, EgyptAir flight 804 disappeared from radar en route from Paris to Cairo. The aircraft has presumably crashed in the Mediterranean, but no debris have been confirmed yet. EgyptAir has confirmed that Flight 804 operating from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Cairo has disappeared from radar. The airline confirmed…

British Airways to Launch Service to Chile

British Airways will begin the first ever nonstop flight between the United Kingdom and Chile next year. The airline previously served Santiago between 1993 and 2000 as a "tag on" to its Buenos Aires flight. Beginning January 3, 2017, British Airways will fly four times weekly between London’s Heathrow Airport…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Palmair

Today, the town of Bournemouth, on the south coast of the UK is known for the Little Premier League team of AFC Bournemouth and for their miles of beaches. However, five years ago the town was home to an airline that had been rated third for best short-haul airline in…